Washington water fans, look no further! Bust out your kayak, sand bucket, swimsuit or fishing rod, and head straight for Dash Point State Park!
Hidden in plain sight between Seattle and Tacoma, this park offers miles of forested hiking and biking trails, but its main draw is the beach. The shoreline narrows at high tide, bringing anglers out to its pier. Low tide turns the sand flats into a play destination for locals, families with children and hip skim boarders surfing the shallow water.
Dash Point has become a hotspot for skim boarding, which consists of throwing a small, thin board into shallow water, jumping onto it and riding it like a cross between a surf board and a skateboard. Low tide at Dash Point provides ideal conditions for this activity, and this is a popular place for skim boarding camps, competitions and gatherings on the park’s sandy shores.
While boarders chase the ultimate ride, birders can see a multitude of shore birds and raptors. Beach explorers will find starfish and crabs. Budding botanists can identify a rich variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Whether you’re out for an afternoon or a camping trip, whether you’re watching your kids, the birds or the boarders, you’ll be delighted by this oasis tucked between two urban hubs.
Dash Point State Park is set on the Puget Sound in western Washington and is a popular destination for water recreation. This 461-acre camping park features 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline. The beach provides unobstructed views of Puget Sound and opportunities for sea-life study. The sandy beach at the park is a relaxing beach getaway near the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Federal Way.
Alcohol is allowed only in the campground, by registered campers of legal age, in their campsite only. It is not allowed in any other areas of the park.
There are two covered picnic shelters in the park that are reservable. The park provides 20 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served.
8 miles of biking trails
11 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
Other activities & features
Interpretive events are held June through August. Fridays and Saturdays there are evening amphitheater programs. Fridays through Sundays there are day walks and talks. Times and subjects are posted at the park.
Clamming is not recommended.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The park has 114 standard campsites, 27 utility campsites, one dump station, four restrooms and six showers. Maximum site length is 40 feet (limited availability). There are no primitive sites at this park.
Alcohol is allowed only in the campground, by registered campers of legal age, and only in their campsite. Alcohol is not allowed in any other areas of the park.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Each cabin is furnished with a queen-size futon, bunk bed that sleeps three, table with four chairs and small end table. Outside is a picnic table and fire pit with grate. Bathrooms and showers are nearby. All cabins are heated, but visitors should take along blankets and warm clothing as evenings can be cool.Pets are only allowed in cabin C1 with a $15 pet fee per night. For more information, visit our cabins and yurts page.
The park offers a group camp that accommodates up to 96 people. The camp includes 12 individual campsites that allow up to eight people and a small, central gathering area. One primitive restroom facility and three water stands for potable water are available at the group camp. Electricity is unavailable. Fees vary with size of the group. The group camp reservation fee includes 12 extra-vehicle permits for vehicles staying overnight. Contact the park office at (253) 661-4955 in advance to make arrangements for permit pickup. All day-use visitors must display a Discover Pass.
Reservations & fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Services & supplies
Most services are available within a few miles of the park.
The Dash Point area has been the subject of three survey expeditions since 1800. In the past, the property was called lson Landing, Fairview Beach, and Woodstock Beach. The origin of the name Dash Point is unclear. In the late 1940s, the McLeod family sold the land to the State of Washington with the understanding the property would be used as a park. The park was dedicated and developed in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair.